If this is your first ILTACON, make the most out of your experience with these resources!

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Buddy System

We offer first-time attendees the chance to sign up for an ILTACON buddy. You’ll be paired up with an experienced ILTACON attendee who will you take you under their wing and give you the insider’s perspective on having a great ILTACON experience.

Why Sign Up for the Buddy System?

First-Timers: ILTACON is exciting, invigorating and inspiring … but it can also be overwhelming your first time. With the ILTACON Buddy System, a conference veteran will help you prepare for the conference, advising you on good sessions to attend, how to make the most out of the networking events and other ILTACON attendees you should meet. Feel relaxed and confident heading to ILTACON, knowing that your buddy is there to guide you along the way.

Veterans: Remember what it was like to be the new kid? You can help make sure a first-time attendee has an amazing time at ILTACON. If that’s not enough, you'll be energized through the fresh perspective of a first-time attendee; you'll get a warm 'n' fuzzy feeling by furthering another person’s conference experience; and you'll fine-tune your leadership skills in a one-on-one situation.

What You Can Expect

  • Receive buddy contact information by August 3
  • Schedule one or two phone calls ahead of ILTACON to introduce yourselves, answer questions and go over ILTACON basics and tips
  • Meet face-to-face on Sunday before the Conference Orientation from 5:30-6:00 p.m.
  • Walk through the exhibit hall together
  • Meet for lunch, coffee or during a networking event to check in


Have Questions?


Tips from Another First-Timer

Peter Qumsiyeh, a data analyst at WilmerHale, was a first-timer in 2015. Here are some of his tips:

If you think you have enough business cards, you don’t. Mine were gone on the first day. You’ll hand them out to vendors and people you meet in sessions. Take more than you think you’ll need.

Review the schedule ahead of time. Have two categories of sessions you want to attend: sessions you must go to because they relate directly to your job and sessions that sound interesting if you have time.

It’s not just about sessions; there’s a lot of value in networking with others to discuss suggestions and resolutions to issues you are experiencing. Don’t worry if you miss a session because you’re having a great impromptu conversation. You might get more from that talk than from the session.


Give yourself time to take breaks and recharge. Your days will be packed with sessions and social events. If you need to sit by the pool for a few minutes, do it.


Schedule 15-20 minutes every afternoon/evening to go over your notes. Review what you did that day and organize what you want to share with your colleagues when you get back to the office.


Attend the social events after hours. That’s where you get to know people. You don’t have to attend each one, but they are great opportunities to meet vendors and people from other law firms and legal departments.